Still Holding Out
It is an autumn afternoon like this,
when palms are drawn still in the calmness
before breezes out of the east arrive;
and the deepening gold shining off the fronds
against the mountainsides
of sage and chaparral,
all overlooking an ocean bay
mirror-flat and silver-blue,
that creates a balm of sublimity
over the sting of wistfulness,
while wondering about you,
and whether you exist at all.
We’re lost to each other now,
let go to a sea of holiday parties
neither will know the address or night of;
though we’ll attend, alone or with another,
heels clicking, scuffing up towards a front door,
the other mind and miles away;
neither will know, or what conversation
we’ll laugh along with, around twelve,
champagne in hand.
John De Herrera is a writer/artist/activist who lives and works in Santa Barbara, California.
Allison Goldin is an artist living in California. Her work is a collection of spontaneous drawings from the imagination. The most common link throughout her art are the semi-recognizable creatures scattered amongst and bringing together the surrounding doodles.